Premier League

Kyle Walker in front of England fans at this year’s World Cup in Russia

Two football books examine where money is taking the modern game

29 September 2018 9:00 am

‘Football holds a mirror to ourselves,’ Michael Calvin asserts in State of Play. Modern football is angrier, more brutal, more…

Why has Roy Hodgson taken on Crystal Palace?

16 September 2017 9:00 am

Poor old Roy Hodgson, why did he take on Crystal Palace? He was having lunch at a Côte in a…

Why English footballers are so useless

9 September 2017 9:00 am

It is late in the evening. You’re in a bar. You’ve had quite a bit to drink but you are…

What has the Premier League ever done for us?

19 August 2017 9:00 am

Football’s back, I’m afraid, and, in the imperishable words of David Mitchell, every kick in every game matters to someone,…

Why football wants the ‘somewheres’ to get lost

12 August 2017 9:00 am

Some years ago, when Millwall played West Ham United, the Millwall fans sang the following song (to the tune of…

If you can see top games for free, where will footie’s millions come from?

21 January 2017 9:00 am

At a wedding a few years back a very gloomy looking guest, a well-known Geordie actor as it happens, arrived…

Cricket needs a top-to-bottom overhaul: here’s how I’d do it

28 May 2016 9:00 am

No place for the faint of heart, Headingley, and certainly not for some sketchy Sri Lankan batsmen at the back…

Why even the bookies love Leicester City

21 May 2016 9:00 am

THE SPECULATOR

Leicester City are the most brutally efficient winners since 1970s Leeds

30 April 2016 9:00 am

It’s always good to see a great con trick in action. Take Boris Johnson: not really the lovable quick-witted scamp…

Sport is a fairytale factory – as Leicester City remind us

23 April 2016 9:00 am

Leicester City’s triumphs demonstrate once again sport’s capacity to replay archetypal stories

Stop chasing the PM’s taxes: focus on the bad stuff that really matters

16 April 2016 9:00 am

There were moments last week when I was ready to give up journalism and retrain in a less unsavoury profession…

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The Davis Cup will be one final flourish for Andy’s Barmy Army

28 November 2015 9:00 am

There’s nothing quite like a sporting celebration, but the lash-up after Britain’s (almost) inevitable victory in the Davis Cup tennis…

Football’s elite deserve the foulness of Fifa

6 June 2015 9:00 am

My favourite moment in the crisis engulfing football’s governing body, Fifa, came with the intervention of a man called Manuel…

Like Arthur Daley playing Garry Kasparov: why I won’t miss Harry Redknapp

7 February 2015 9:00 am

I can’t say I’m surprised by the departure of Harry Redknapp. Since I started supporting Queens Park Rangers in 2008…

Fifteen things we learned about sport in 2014

13 December 2014 9:00 am

It was the year of KP, Keano and the Kiwis; of Federer, Froch and Phil the Power (no change there…

Football’s still the big boy in the playground – even when the big boys aren’t playing

10 August 2013 9:00 am

It’s been a long, hot, soccerless holiday. There has been football about — the women’s European Championship, for example, and…